4. Reflective Practice

4. Reflective Practice

Thinks about and questions personal biases, assumptions, and experiences before, during, and/or after consultative interactions. Considers the influences on and perspectives of others (e.g., infant, young child, family, staff) in the context of consultation, including how these may vary based on infant, young child, family, staff, and consultant ability, race/ethnicity, and language background (i.e., “what might this experience have been like for the infant, young child, staff member, or caregiver?”).

Promotes reflective practice with consultees, using this experience-based learning to support consultees’ professional growth and development. Commits to a journey of ongoing self-exploration to understand how one’s culture, background, race, and other social identities (including issues related to privilege and power) impact the way IECMH consultants see themselves and others.


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